Plastic harming reefs and plastic pollution to surge 40% by 2025.

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    Feb 20, 2018 2:49 AM GMT
    It is well established that coral reefs are being destroyed by rising temperatures, acidic waters, and overfishing. Now new research suggests these vital marine ecosystems face another dire threat: plastic dumped in the ocean.

    Marine biologists examined more than 124,000 corals from 159 reefs in Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, and Australia. Based on their findings, they estimate there are at least 11 BILLION pieces of plastic caught in these important habitats. They also found that this plastic pollution raises corals' risk for infection from 4 to 8 percent.

    The debris blocks out light and oxygen, which stresses corals, and cuts from plastic shards make them more vulnerable to disease-causing germs.

    Corals ARE ANIMALS just like me and you--they become wounded and then infected," Cornell University's Joleah Lamb tells The Guardian (UK). "Plastics are ideal vessels for microogranisms, with pits and pores, so it's like cutting yourself with a really dirty knife."

    Coral reefs house about 2.5 percent of marine life and serve as a buffer that protects coastal regions from storms and floods.

    The researchers expect plastic pollution across the Asia-Pacific region to surge 40 percent by 2025.
  • Unity123

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    Feb 20, 2018 3:43 AM GMT
    There should be ZERO TOLERANCE for littering.

    If somebody is caught littering, they should be forced to collect 1,000lbs of trash at their own time and expense.
  • outdoorsmuscl...

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    Feb 20, 2018 4:50 PM GMT
    The plastic in the worlds oceans go well beyond littering.
    Impose a federal recycling deposit on plastic bottles
    Ban the use of plastic bags


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    The 5p charge for plastic bags is expected to be applied to small shops under government plans to be unveiled by Theresa May this week as she seeks to tackle Britain’s “throwaway culture”.https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jan/09/michael-gove-takes-on-the-throwaway-culture-of-plastic-bottle-waste

    In a major speech on the environment, the prime minister will promise to hold consultations on removing an exemption that allows retailers with fewer than 250 employees to continue to give out free bags. The levy on supermarkets and other large retailers resulted in a 90% decline in use, with nine billion fewer plastic bags being used.

    S2Ki saidThere should be ZERO TOLERANCE for littering.

    If somebody is caught littering, they should be forced to collect 1,000lbs of trash at their own time and expense.